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Ada Hawkins
School of Nursing

Ada Hawkins, M.A., B.S., R.N., Associate Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director, School of Nursing

Diploma, University of Oklahoma School of Nursing, 1928; B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1932; M.A., Nursing Education, University of Chicago, 1950.

Assistant Nursing Arts Instructor, 1928-1932, and Head Nurse, 1932-1933, University of Oklahoma Hospital; Science Instructor, Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati, 1933-1938; Science Instructor, Cook County School of Nursing, Chicago, 1938-1943; Assistant Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director of Nursing Education, 1943-1944; Associate Professor of Nursing and Assistant Director of the School of Nursing, 1944-1951.

Hawkins resigned from these positions on August 30, 1951 to become Director of the School of Nursing at University of Oklahoma, serving as Director from 1951 to 1960, and then remaining on staff as Professor of Nursing until her retirement in 1972. Hawkins was named Professor Emeritus by the Board of Regents, the first nurse in Oklahoma to retire with that title.

In 1983 Hawkins posed dramatically with an afghan she created for the nurses’ crafts carnival, which may be viewed on the web site of the Oklahoma Historical Society:

Hawkins was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985